Cosima Neihaus

Orphan Black Explained (with pictures):

A visual explanation of Orphan Black based off of the explanation from @thatgaycousin and I just picked the pictures..I know they aren’t exactly precise to the moment within the show but just bear with me:

A show about ^Tatiana Maslany’s world being thrown upside-down after witnessing

^Tatiana Maslany’s incident at the train station.

^Tatiana Maslany is soon found by

^Tatiana Maslany, who is killed

by a hidden ^Tatiana Maslany.

Another ^Tatiana Maslany contacts

^Tatiana Maslany and soon

^Tatiana Maslany meets up with ^Tatiana Maslany and ^Tatiana Maslany. Everything is kinda the same for awhile..

with ^Tatiana Maslany hunting

^Tatiana Maslany who is imitating

^Tatiana Maslany.

^Tatiana Maslany is quickly dragged into the bigger picture and meets the CEO…..



Now realistically, a clone should die this season. The main five have survived way too much for it to even be worrisome anymore. You want stakes to be high in season five? You start showing that these threats matter. 



Imagine Cosima and Delphine finally back together and there are no words spoken between them; it’s just happy tears and messy kisses, exploring touches and elated sighs. And then imagine Cosima running her hands up the inside of Delphine’s shirt, only to feel an anomaly that wasn’t there before and imagine Delphine jolting slightly, the sensation of the touch neither pained or pleasant; it’s just unprecedented. And imagine Cosima searching Delphine’s face, trying to make sure she has invitation to proceed; taking Delphine’s shirt in her hands, lifting it above her head, and looking over the scar; so small, neatly mended, yet a stark reminder that Delphine’s life was almost lost. And imagine Cosima biting down on her lip, looking at Delphine with intense eyes and running her fingertips over the scar. Imagine Cosima lowering her face to meet it, kissing it gently, thankfully, and then returning to kiss Delphine; passionately, assuredly, indebted.

The clones in their 90’s in a nursing home:

Sarah: refuses to listen to anything but London Calling. The nurses keep turning down the volume and attempt to calm her down because she’s trying to headbang and it’s upsetting her neighbor.

Alison: is Sarah’s neighbor (in the same room) and is knitting a curtain to go between them because she has HAD ENOUGH. She leads bingo on Wednesday evenings.

Cosima: has cloned Scott’s cat three times and never felt weird about it because DENISE. Her and Delphine introduced the nurses to aquaponics and self watering chia pets. The garden is thriving thanks to them.

Helena: is in trouble for stealing tubs of sherbet from the cafeteria again. She has a drawer filled with jello packets for later use. Allison is trying to teach her how to knit but Helena just keeps sharpening the needles.

Rachel: teaches painting to the other seniors. She refuses to attend bingo anymore after losing twice in a row. She and Scott play Agricola every Thursday.

Krystal: does all of the nurses’ nails while chatting about the old days. She hits on the younger nurses and offers to take them on a date to the cafeteria. She watches Jeopardy every afternoon and hopes to be on the show someday.


There is something that keeps happening on Orphan Black that is one of the best things I think I’ve ever seen on TV: the ability of each the clones to say “Don’t touch me.” This may not seem like a big deal, but it is. Women grow up in a world where their body is not necessarily theirs alone. It is for other men and women to look at, to ogle, to touch. Pregnant women have to deal with strangers touching their stomachs without permission. Women on the subway have to shrink into themselves, to take up as little space as possible because the man next to them is sitting as though to take up all the space he can. We have been socialized to believe that touching is always allowed, by spouses, by family, by friends, and by strangers, no matter what we’ve gone through in our lives, no matter how we feel about being touched, as long as it’s not “bad touching” (this is simplistic, but the less simple is far too much to get into here).

But the women on Orphan Black have used both verbal and non-verbal cues to express their need to NOT be touched (Rachel is the exception, currently, having only said out loud to Sarah that no one lays hands on her as a threat). Sarah dodges around Paul at their first meeting in the bedroom, Alison slaps Donnie when he tries to initiate sex, Cosima shifts away from Delphine when she finds out her tag number. Helena gives off an aura of “Don’t come close.” And then we have these verbal statements. Each is important not only for the woman saying the words, but the reactions to them. Paul (thinking Sarah is Beth, though that’s besides the point) reacts in an unnecessarily ridiculous and grandiose way, making fun of and belitting his significant other. Sarah, as another woman talking to a woman who is a stranger, backs away from Alison. Delphine doesn’t try to touch Cosima again, scoots closer on the couch but still leaves space between them, and speaks to her as an equal. Art completely demeans Helena, doesn’t even try to respect her feelings, and overpowers her. He’s got his reasons, yes, but this is a girl who’s been used and abused for most of her life. You can see her expression go dead-eyed as he manhandles her. Lastly, Paul expects things to go a certain way, and acts on his own expectations. He knows better than to react like he did to Sarah as Beth though when Rachel slaps him, her non-verbal but obvious cue not to touch her, and instead follows her lead afterwards.

I honestly believe, in the same way gay characters on TV help gay kids to come out, that if even one girl or woman learns from watching Orphan Black to say “Don’t touch me” to someone without thinking they’re out of line or are doing something wrong, and if anyone, man or woman, thinks before trying to belittle or get offended by someone saying “Don’t touch me,” this show is doing more for the women and the men who watch it than perhaps any other show on TV.